It's been the Johan Santana show here for the most part. Chase Utley went deep on the left-hander last inning to pull the Phillies to within 2-1, but it is the only hit of substance the team has gotten off of Santana all evening. Thus far, the left-hander has 10 strikeouts, his 40th career double-digit game and his first of the season.
Hamels was solid through 7, allowing 2 runs, but ran loaded the bases with no out in the eighth on a Ryan Church single, a David Wright double, and an intentional walk.
The Mets have increased their lead to 4-1 with an RBI groundout by Carlos Delgado and an RBI double by Angel Pagan, both off of J.C. Romero.
No real surprises in the line-up the Phillies have posted for tonight's game against the Mets:
1. RF So Taguchi
2. CF Jayson Werth
3. 2B Chase Utley
4. 1B Ryan Howard
5. LF Pat Burrell
6. 3B Pedro Feliz
7. C Carlos Ruiz
8. SS Eric Bruntlett
9. LHP Cole Hamels
Driving into the stadium today, it appeared as if a long line has already begun to form for the standing room only tickets that the Phillies will release three hours before the game. There will be 500 available. I don't think there were 500 people out there, but if you want to guarantee yourselves tickets, I'd get down there ASAP.
Tune in throughout the game. I'll try to blog periodically.